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Areas of Focus

The SEEDS Initiative comprises seven distinct areas of focus, each with unique objectives, goals, and initiatives. The focus areas and their objective statements are listed below.


SEEDS Areas of Focus Education

Develop inclusive and effective metrics and incentives to recognize faculty involvement in education, with a specific focus on support for URM trainees.


SEEDS Areas of Focus Environment

Build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture through educational, cultural, interpersonal, and structural initiatives.


SEEDS Areas of Focus Leadership

Purposefully prepare and hold accountable current and future faculty, trainee, and staff leaders to successfully guide diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams.


SEEDS Areas of Focus Professional Development
Professional Development, Promotion, & Retention

Retain, professionally develop, and equip a diverse group of faculty, trainees, researchers, and staff.


SEEDS Areas of Focus Recruitment

Promote and support equitable hiring practices to recruit diverse and talented faculty, trainees, researchers, and staff.


SEEDS Areas of Focus Research and Innovation
Research & Innovation

Develop paths for socially conscious research efforts that explore, address, and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in research questions, collaborations, and policy.

SEEDS Areas of Focus Outreach

Address health disparities in our local community; expand access to dignified care for marginalized groups; leverage Duke’s position as a global, national, and regional leader to create outreach and service opportunities for all.